Excerpt from Ma-Ka-Tai-Me-She-Kia-Kiak; Or Black Hawk, and Scenes in the West: A National Poem; In Six Cantos
Dear reader - The author, in presenting to you a new work, hastily got up, is aware that it may have many imperfections, and hopes the indulgence of an enlightened and generous public.
Whether he has done justice to the renowned savage, the hero of the work - to our noble governor, the great partisan warrior of his day, and to that gallant band of pioneers who have contributed so much to the glory and prosperity of the West, the reader must de termine.
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